Monster Salutes Best Companies for Veterans in 2017
WESTON, Mass: In honor of Veterans' Day and the tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel who return to civilian life each year, Monster-a global leader in connecting people to jobs-is proud to name the Best Companies for Veterans in 2017.
"Our annual list of Best Companies for Veterans celebrates companies that are serious about hiring the brave individuals who have served our country," says Jodi Hon, SVP and GM of enterprise business, Monster. "We're gratified to see a continued commitment to veteran hiring across numerous industries. This year's list shows increased acknowledgement that veterans' experiences and skills are relevant beyond traditional industries like defense and aerospace, and also desired in transportation logistics, technology, financial services and more."
2017 marked the third year Monster has ranked the Best Companies for Veterans, and the list of 49 nominees was created by the following panel of experts:
•David Coe, a U.S. Marine Corps officer and senior vice president of strategic programs at Orion International, which helps organizations attract, hire, develop and retain military talent
•Lida Citroen, a personal branding coach who has worked with hundreds of veterans, and author of Your Next Mission: A Personal Branding Guide for the Military-to-Civilian Transition
•Justin Constantine, retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, speaker and leadership consultant who serves as senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes Campaign. He is also a fellow with the Truman National Security Project
•Evan Guzman, former Global Head of Military Programs and Engagement for Verizon and founder of The MiLBRAND Project, an agency dedicated to helping businesses and employers attract and retain veterans and military spouses
According to Guzman, the newest member of Monster's Best Companies for Veterans expert panel, the nominees and winners exemplify best practices in hiring, retaining and empowering U.S. veterans.
"For U.S. military veterans returning to civilian life, the transition to employment in the private sector can be challenging," Guzman said. "I am encouraged that companies are increasing their efforts to attract and retain veterans, as they can enhance any workplace with their proven skills, dedication and resourcefulness."
Monster asked each of these experts to nominate the 10 companies they thought were this year's standouts for their veteran hiring and retention practices; in addition, Monster automatically included 2017 winners for consideration. Monster staff then reached out to each of the nominees for the following additional information: what percentage of the company's 2016 hires were veterans; what percentage of the total workforce is veterans; what the retention rate was for 2016 hires; what 2018 recruitment plans it had for veterans; whether it has a dedicated veteran recruitment team and whether any of that team is ex-military; what kind of special programs it offers for onboarding, development, and retention; whether they accepted military training in place of civilian credentials; and if the company's leadership is updated on the value of hiring veterans, military culture, and veteran's issues. All nominees were ranked first on 2017 hires, then on total workforce, and finally the other data points to inform the final rankings.